In the spirit of of the upcoming holidays (and since Editor Andy Burns was late getting this piece up – Andy), it’s all too appropriate to highlight Jeff Lieberman’s black comedy/horror film for this edition of Lucas Mangum’s Hidden Horror Gems. In this film an imaginative but painfully naive little boy becomes the pawn of a masked serial killer on Halloween night.
Don’t mess with Fiona! No one can stop the Supreme when she gets her mojo twisted in a knot. Poor Madison is now part of the Oriental rug, and Spalding’s not talking, but nothing ever stays dead in New Orleans. I love Karma and Karma is served when Frankenkyle gives mommy dearest a lesson on the meaning of “No!” All child abusers should meet with the same fate. I’m not too sure about the dating scene in New Orleans because our poor Queenie got stuck with a beast. It’s Halloween in New Orleans. What could possibly go wrong? Find out after the jump. Read the rest of this entry
31 Days Of Horror 2013: Guest Blogger Liisa Ladouceur On How To Learn About Vampires (or, how I learned to love the Vampire Diaries)
Liisa Ladouceur is the Queen of Toronto Goth, and I’m so excited to have her at Biff Bam Pop as part of our 31 Days of Horror. A noted journalist, author and commentator (we were on an episode of MuchMoreMusic’s Listed together many moons ago), Liisa’s latest book is called How To Kill A Vampire, and is published by our friends at ECW Press.
Before I started to write my book How to Kill a Vampire, I thought I had seen a lot of vampire movies. I had certainly read a lot of books about bloodsuckers, which is why I decided to focus on the specific topic of vampire destruction myths, something not already on my shelf that I felt could use some attention. I then pretty much spent six months alone in the dark watching every vamp flick I could get my hands on (spoiler: there are a fuck of a lot), while at the same time digging through studies of ancient burial rituals and superstitions, in my quest to get to the bottom of how and why we stake, decapitate and burn vampires.
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Four years after Universal’s 1931 Frankenstein was a monster hit, beginning that studio’s reign in cinema horror, director James Whale, after many problems creating a story, began work on the sequel. You might think you know what The Bride of Frankenstein is about, but there’s more in this mere seventy-four minutes than you might believe. Check out my review after the jump.
There’s no episode of “Avengers Assemble” this week but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any animated Marvel Comics superheroes on the TV this week. Today’s episode of “Ultimate Spider-Man” offers up a nice holiday selection of monstrous Marvel. Join me after the jump for my spoiler-filled thoughts on “Blade and the Howling Commandos.”
A quick summary (spoiler alerts!): new preacher comes to a small town were everyone is creepy and boring and low and behold they’re actually a cult and the new family is the sacrifice for the demons of Hell. One is left alive to close the gate of Hell again and she must watch a new family come to town to start the cycle over again.
It’s not a bad premise for a short little horror film. You can tell that Slash grew up with horror films and he knows the tropes. The movie is filled with them. From the blonde haired blue eyed skinny virgin being the one to survive, to the slightly chubbier, dark haired, sex starved sister being the one who is sacrificed to the demon. They have their prerequisite 2.5 children, we get a little stringy haired creepy walking girl action in there, we get foreboding dream sequences, we get creepy towns people being all ritualistic. You can go on and on. There are plenty of tropes to find. I do take exception to the fact that the virgin heroine seemed to need to be faultlessly pretty, tow headed and compliant and the sacrificed sister is slightly defiant, sarcastic and just good at talking to guys so its automatically implied she’s a slut and has to die. But that is the trope and they use it.
Finally! It’s October – the favourite month of the year for us here at Biff Bam Pop!
Get ready for a wild ride over the coming days and weeks as we celebrate all manner of scariness, from film, to television to music to books. We’ve already kicked off the festive occasion yesterday, but this column is your first shot of comic book horror.
Quake with fear, for The Witching Hour is here!
Yesterday we had part one of our two part exclusive interview with the one and only Rob Zombie, the brilliant director behind The Lords Of Salem, opening this Friday. You can check that out here. Today, we finish of our discussion with a look at Rob and music – using it in film and making it himself (Rob’s new album, Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor is out April 23rd). Check out the song that is used to haunting degree in Lords of Salem and then read away!